The Brahmaviharas

This past Sunday, Zac led the discussion on the topic of the four Brahmaviharas or “Noble Abodes” of the mind. These four practices are prescribed by the Buddha and can sometimes be described as four types of Love: Loving-Kindness (Metta), Compassion (Karuna), Sympathetic Joy (Mudita), and Equanimity (Upekkha).

Zac emphasized that the traditional mantras used to practice these mind states are not the only way to find them. Here is the talk he played:

Gil Fronsdal: The Brahmaviharas: Introduction: http://www.audiodharma.org/talks/audio_player/5096.html

And here are some texts that go deeper into these teachings:

The Four Sublime States: Contemplations on Love, Compassion, Sympathetic Joy and Equanimity by Nyanaponika Thera http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/authors/nyanaponika/wheel006.html

Karaniya Metta Sutta: The Buddha’s Words on Loving-Kindness translated from the Pali by The Amaravati Sangha http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/kn/snp/snp.1.08.amar.html

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